Trump, Omarosa and National Enquirer know the art of the deal

It was a deal Omarosa Manigault couldn't refuse when Donald Trump asked her to be his race-baiting campaign's director of African-American outreach in July.

Sources tell Confidenti@l that when Omarosa's brother, Jack Manigault, was killed in 2011, the reality TV diva considered suing The National Enquirer over its "exclusive print" coverage of the tragedy and its aftermath.

Instead, Donald Trump reached out to his good pal David Pecker at American Media Inc., which owns The National Enquirer, and the two hammered out a deal, according to insiders.

"Trump negotiated a two-year, six-figure deal for her with American Media, which included Omarosa becoming the West Coast editor of the (now) defunct Reality magazine," we're told.

The source went on to say that when OK magazine established a West Coast office, Manigault became an editor there, earning another six figures. She also made several TV appearances on behalf of American Media.

It's obvious that The Donald respects Manigault's ability to hold her own. In addition to casting her on the first season of "The Apprentice," Trump produced "The Ultimate Merger" on TV One with her as the star.

Earlier this month, Manigault headlined a political rally at Antioch Road to Glory Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she was joined by other prominent African-American "Trumpets" including Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson.

When called for comment, Trump's lawyer Michael D. Cohen insisted "Mr. Trump has no knowledge of this matter and was not involved in any negotiation between Omarosa Manigault and The National Enquirer."

American Media boss Pecker also denied the report.

"We were pleased to work with Omarosa, who was a very talented and skilled editor, but the suggestion that Donald Trump had any involvement in any kind of 'deal' to keep her from suing AMI is completely and totally false," he echoed.

Manigault, who had little if any experience as an editor in print journalism before teaming with AMI, would only say "Donald Trump was incredibly supportive of me when my brother was murdered in cold blood and he's been an incredible friend. That's all I will say about that."

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